John Wilkes Booth

1838 - 1865

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John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, and a noted actor, Booth was also a Confederate sympathizer who, denouncing President Lincoln, lamented the recent abolition of slavery in the United States.Originally, Booth and his small group of conspirators had plotted to kidnap Lincoln, but they later agreed to murder him as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward, likewise to aid the Confederate cause. Although its Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered to the Union Army four days earlier, Booth believed that the Civil War remained unresolved because the Confederate army of General Joseph E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wilkes Booth has received more than 6,310,619 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). John Wilkes Booth is the 3rd most popular extremist, the 46th most popular biography from United States (down from 38th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, John Wilkes Booth ranks 3 out of 205. Before him are Jack the Ripper and Charles Manson. After him are Elizabeth Báthory, Gavrilo Princip, Osama bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Lee Harvey Oswald, Gilles de Rais, Man in the Iron Mask, and Andrei Chikatilo.

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Among people born in 1838, John Wilkes Booth ranks 1After him are Georges Bizet, Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, Franz Brentano, Ernest Solvay, Tobias Asser, Luís I of Portugal, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, Émile Loubet, and Jan Matejko. Among people deceased in 1865, John Wilkes Booth ranks 3Before him are Abraham Lincoln and Ignaz Semmelweis. After him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leopold I of Belgium, Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Johann Franz Encke, and Robert FitzRoy.

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Among people born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 46 out of 15,968. Before him are Charles Manson (1934), Wallis Simpson (1896), Stanley Kubrick (1928), Andy Warhol (1928), Robert De Niro (1943), and Henry Ford (1863). After him are Janis Joplin (1943), Maria Callas (1923), Morgan Freeman (1937), Martin Luther King Jr. (1929), Richard Nixon (1913), and Al Capone (1899).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2Before him are Charles Manson (1934). After him are Ted Bundy (1946), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Ed Gein (1906), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Zodiac Killer (1940), Albert Fish (1870), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), Jim Jones (1931), John Wayne Gacy (1942), and H. H. Holmes (1861).